Steven Brandes   Inside The Big Ring

Steve's coaching philosophy is based on keeping every aspect of training and racing as simple as possible. With many moving parts to triathlon, having a coach that keeps you from being overwhelmed is essential. Steve's forte is addressing mechanical and psychological roadblocks that limit the athlete's potential. Through the athlete's feedback and fitness evaluations, Steve develops a sound plan that addresses the athletes' strengths and weaknesses.

Steve is a USA Triathlon Level 2 Coach


In 2019, Steve helped Overall Female Age Group Champion at USA Triathlon Nationals. Steve also coached the Overall Female Age Group Champion at IRONMAN WISCONSIN.

In triathlon, Steve is one of the select coaches currently in the USAT High Performance Mentorship Program. His athletes have won ITU Age Group World Championships, 5 USAT National Championships and 4 USAT National Championship 2nd place finishes.

Over the 70.3 distance Steve has helped qualify 10 athletes to 70.3 World Championships. Steve has been named USAT National Coach at 3 different international events, as well as being selected by USAT to host a Select Camp for the Trinidad and Tobago Federation for their developing athletes.

Steve has also worked for the two largest coaching companies in the US, Carmichael Training Systems and Life Time Fitness. In these positions; Steve presented weekly lectures to developing triathlon coaches and instructed at cycling/triathlon camps. Steve spent countless hours in the A2 Wind Tunnel working with athletes on optimizing their bike fit and equipment choices.

As an athlete, Steve is an 10x Ironman Finisher and has qualified for the Ironman World Championship, Boston Marathon, and 70.3 World Championships.


Madison, WI
United States

Preferred Athlete Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


1-on-1 Coaching, Consultations, Group Coaching, Local Coaching, Remote Coaching, Strength Training, Nutrition, Mental Skills, Training Camps, Bike Fit, Run Analysis, Swim Analysis, Biochemical Analysis

Sport Types

Triathlon, Road Cycling, Running, Duathlon, IRONMAN, XTERRA, Swimming, Personal Training, High School Cross Country, Collegiate Cross Country, Corporate Wellness



Athlete Requirements

Athlete's with an open mind and willingness to work hard!


Madison, WI
United States